Down a Country Road I Know
DESCRIPTION: "The city roar is in my ears, the glare is in my eyes, Yet in my heart I long to see those sunny Central skies" where the singer was a shearer and "raced to hold the ringer's place." But that's all behind him now, back "down a country road I know"
AUTHOR: Words: Ross McMillan / Music: Phil Garland
EARLIEST DATE: 1982 (recording, Graham Wilson)
KEYWORDS: sheep travel hardtimes
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GarlandFaces-NZ, pp. 42, 158-159, "(Down a Country Road I Know)" (various fragments which between them contain five of the six verses of the song)
NOTES [76 words]: This is not, to my knowledge, traditional in New Zealand. But it arguably is traditional "worldwide" -- because I learned it in Richfield, Minnesota, from another Minnesotan who had learned it while visiting New Zealand. Only later did I find it on record, and I'm not sure my source ever heard a recording of it, either. A weak foothold in tradition, to be sure. But it's a decent lyric with a terrific melody by Phil Garland, so maybe it will survive. - RBW
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